Mind-bending puzzle adventure The Entropy Centre from Stubby Games and PlayStack is ready to go on PS5. Learn more in our The Entropy Centre review!
Mind-bending puzzle adventure The Entropy Centre from Stubby Games and PlayStack Limited is ready to go on PlayStation 4. You take on the role of Aria Adams, who wakes up after a weird dream in which the world is destroyed. She finds herself in a room where a voice welcomes her to the titular location, which has certainly seen better days. The whole facility is abandoned, with vegetation growing everywhere. Many walls have huge holes. Stairs are in pieces. Bridges have collapsed. Oh, and an extinction-level event has set the world ablaze, and you’re the only one who can save everyone. You know, no pressure.
You can learn more about The Entropy Centre and the facility you find yourself in by checking the computer terminals that are still working. These will contain more than 70 pieces of intel. And yes, there’s certainly a bit of a Portal vibe going on in this one, which is not a bad thing! I mean, we do have whole genres that are inspired by and pay homage to excellent games – see, the Metroidvania, Roguelike, and Soulslike genres – so there is nothing wrong with having some Portal DNA in your game.
You’ll have to place blocks on top of pressure plates to power up contraptions, which is to be expected of a first-person puzzle experience like The Entropy Centre. Since ASTRA can also be used for picking up objects with the Triangle button, this will come into play during the whole puzzle-solving extravaganza. Once you’ve grabbed something, you can launch it with the Square button. And after launching something, you can then rewind said object with the R2 button! There’s also the option of pressing the Circle button to stop a rewind and allow time to carry on, and this, combined with the rest of ASTRA’s abilities, will prove to be very valuable. To get a better idea of what rewinding will do, you can press the L1 button to see an object’s path.
During your time with The Entropy Centre, new elements will be introduced at a steady pace. Take, for example, the time gates that are introduced in Act 2. When you go through a time gate, all of the time data stored in ASTRA will be wiped. On top of that, you won’t be able to move Entropy cubes through a time gate, or else they will be completely incinerated! At least they will respawn at their original location so that you can give it another go. And once you find jump cubes, you’re in for a treat! There are more elements to interact with, but I won’t spoil things for you.
Trophy-wise, The Entropy Centre features a full trophy list, and since it’s a Cross-Buy title and the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game feature separate lists, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can work on adding two Platinum trophies to your collection. The list includes 4 Bronze trophies, 19 Silver trophies, and 4 Gold trophies. A big chunk of the trophies is tied to completing each of the acts in the game’s story and finishing the game proper, with the rest of the trophies popping as you complete some miscellaneous objectives, such as finding Astra, finding it a hat, petting the dog, visiting all exhibits in the Entropy Museum, and more.
You do need to be aware of how one of the collectibles is currently glitched (hint: it’s one of the collectibles in Act 5), which makes the trophy for reading all terminal messages currently unobtainable – and, therefore, the Platinum trophy itself is currently out of your reach. The team at Stubby Games is aware of this issue and is working on a patch that can solve this predicament for you to get your trophy hunting on. Oh, and before I forget, you need to remember that if you die after grabbing some collectibles and before your progress is saved, you’ll have to grab them again after you continue!
The Entropy Centre is a mind-bending puzzle adventure where you’ll need to use the energy you generate from all of the puzzle-solving to try and save the world from a catastrophic event. The game does a great job of introducing new gameplay elements at a steady pace while keeping the story going as you interact with ASTRA and find additional info on the many still-functioning computer terminals. You’ll be spending around 10-12 hours with the game, and what a treat that time will be. The Entropy Centre is available at a $24.99 asking price, and since this is a Cross-Buy title, your purchase will give you both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
This The Entropy Centre review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by PlayStack Limited.